The Advantages of Custom Process Skids –

Welders working on a modular process skid
MIG welding on a Modular Process Skid

Faster Project Completion

You achieve quicker turnaround on projects because facilities preparation and process system design take place at the same time.

Faster Time to Market

Time to market is an essential metric for any company. You can eliminate weather delays by completing the process fabrication indoors. Besides, the skid mounted process system has already been fully assembled and tested when the process skid reaches your facility.

Cost Savings

Cost savings come in many forms. For example:

It is faster to build modules, which reduces labor and material costs.

It is less expensive to transport the process skid.

Existing operations can continue to generate revenue because building the modular process skid package is done offsite.

Higher Quality Fabrication

Fabricating the process system indoors means that there are virtually perfect conditions when completing all welding and other demanding tasks. Additionally, your MRO supplier employs skilled technicians who are well trained and available on demand.

Reduced Safety Issues

When you start with assembled and tested systems, there is less OSHA exposure for your facility staff. Not only that but since the system was fabricated in such excellent conditions, there is less risk of safety issues arising after the system is in use.

Lower Space Requirements

Equipment skid design includes layering components, thus freeing up space wherever you use the process system because the skid has a smaller footprint.


A modular skid has integrated frames to hold the process system together as one unit. As a result, it is easy to transport the system as your needs change.

Improved Security

If you have unique process technology, that information is protected since fabrication is done behind closed doors.

Process skid in production
Modular Skid in process

Less Obsolescence

A modular skid can replace part of a system that is obsolete. This results in less time spent with workarounds and provides leading-edge systems on a more frequent basis.

  • Shorter Project Timelines –fabricating process skid packages offsite allows on-site facility upgrades to proceed concurrently without interruption. Completing these steps in parallel can eliminate months off the project schedule, allowing manufacturers to bring their product to market faster.
  • Higher Quality Fabrication – Fabricating skids in a controlled shop environment eliminates weather-related risks and setbacks. It also reduces the need for craftsmen to perform overhead welds. Instead, shop craftsmen use orbital welders to do pre-fabrication on most materials, resulting in more precise welds.
  • Rollout Savings – Manufacturers needing to install multiple skids across different locations can leverage engineering and design costs from the first skid and fabricate multiple replicas at a reduced cost for each process skid thereafter.

The Advantage of Modularity

Custom process skids are generally used as an alternative to conventional stick-built construction where process system parts are shipped individually and installed incrementally at the manufacturing site. They provide the advantage of parallel construction, where process systems are built off-site in a fabrication facility while civil site upgrades are completed at the plant site simultaneously. Skids are not always appropriate. If individual process parts are large and cannot reasonably be contained within the frame of a modular process skid, traditional construction methods are preferred.

ASME pressure vessel skid

Custom Modular Process Skids Engineered for Your Application

From the engineering and testing stages of your custom skid project to precision machining and fabrication, Sawyer is your one-stop shop for quality contract manufacturing. Get in touch to discuss the development of an optimized modular process skid that satisfies all of your production requirements.